We've seen rumors and mockups circulating for sometime that suggest Apple might be launching a 4.7-inch iPhone with a single lens camera, a 5.5-inch iPhone Plus with a single lens camera, and a 5.5-inch iPhone Pro with a dual lens camera. Apparently, that was the plan but Nikkei is reporting that intense competition has forced Apple to drop the single lens 5.5-inch model and only release a dual lens model.
It is the first time that Apple has come under such pressure since it launched iPhones in 2007. The competition is so fierce that Apple killed off a premium iPhone 7 model in the second quarter, less than six months before its official launch in September, according to a source. Initially, Apple had planned two versions of iPhone 7 Plus, one with a single lens and one with a dual lens. The single lens edition has since been ditched, the source said.
"This never happened before. Before this year, Apple never made changes to iPhone's product line mere months before the launch. It has been a volatile year for Apple," a source said.
If true, this may bode well for customers as the 5.5-inch iPhone Pro would likely have been sold at a premium. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 on September 7th. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.